Security Drills and Security Exercises
100. Security drills and security exercises shall test the proficiency of domestic ferry personnel and domestic ferry facility personnel in carrying out their assigned security responsibilities at all MARSEC levels and the effective implementation of the respective security plans of the ferry or the ferry facility, and shall enable the ferry security officer or the ferry facility security officer to identify any related security deficiencies that need to be rectified.
Marginal note:Frequency of drills
101. (1) The operator of a domestic ferry or a domestic ferry facility shall ensure that a security drill is conducted at least once every three months except when the ferry or the ferry facility is out of service, in which case a drill shall be conducted within one week after the ferry or the ferry facility is back in service.
Marginal note:Separate or coordinated drills
(2) Domestic ferries and domestic ferry facilities may hold separate or coordinated drills.
Marginal note:Concurrent drills
(3) A security drill may be conducted with another drill, if appropriate.
Marginal note:Security plan elements tested
(4) Security drills shall test individual elements of the security plan in respect of a domestic ferry or a domestic ferry facility including responses to security threats, security breaches and security incidents, and shall take into account, in respect of the ferry or the ferry facility, the types of operations, personnel changes and other relevant circumstances.
(5) A documented response to a security incident is considered equivalent to a security drill.
Marginal note:Frequency of exercises
102. (1) Security exercises shall be conducted at least once every calendar year, with not more than 18 months between them.
Marginal note:Types of exercises
(2) Security exercises may be
(b) a tabletop simulation or seminar; or
(c) combined with other appropriate exercises.
Marginal note:Objectives of exercises
(3) Security exercises
(a) shall test the relevant security plan, and shall include the substantial and active participation of all personnel having security responsibilities;
(b) may include, depending on the scope and the nature of the exercises, the participation of government authorities or personnel from other vessels, marine facilities or port administrations having security responsibilities;
(c) may involve only a domestic ferry or a domestic ferry facility, or may be part of a cooperative program to test the security plan of another vessel, marine facility or port; and
(d) shall test, at a minimum, elements of coordination, resource availability and response, and the communication and notification procedures.
Marginal note:Implementation of higher MARSEC level
(4) If a domestic ferry or a domestic ferry facility is involved in the implementation of MARSEC level 2 or MARSEC level 3 following a security incident, the implementation of the MARSEC level is equivalent to a security exercise.
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